12Mar/15Off

Response to Highly Damaging TEDx “No Learning Styles” Talk

 

I am genuinely horrified at the support this recent TEDx talk has received.  I feel it is the biggest regression in education in 100 years.  As someone who has successfully worked with thousands of students internationally, and got them all to high achieving results and a sense of belonging in academia, I cannot stand the idea that education is becoming elitist again.  I have received Ability Company Status for making education accessible to all.tedx-black-square-simple-315x315

 

Academics make too many assumptions - which I have had my own personal battles with over the years.  Despite it all, I have earned a Ph.D. and a First Class Honours degree.  My students are always heartened by the fact that if I could do it - so can they.

 

TED and TEDx talks generally enhance our World and make everything possible for people.  I am horrified over this talk because it is so small minded and exclusive in its nature.

 

Not everyone can pick up a book and read it to learn.  Not everyone can see the book.  Not everyone can spell to write or hold the pen.  Do not be presumptive in thinking all visual impaired people are not visual learners.  Many of them are!  All of us who work with students on the autism spectrum know that they process the World very differently to other students.  Their visual and auditory processing has marked differences.

 

My success stories with students have been down pure and simply to the fact that I encourage them to work in the learning style that suits them - despite whatever perceived disabilities they might have.

 

I myself am still very much unable to distinguished phonic sound frequencies and never learned to spell in the way it is predominately taught in school.  I have learned to read and write through purely visual techniques.  I have brought this gift to many others who are now avid readers - despite years of torture in school and feeling inadequate.  I get excited when parents tell me their children will not sleep because they are reading too much or now teaching their siblings to read their way.

 

I hate the idea that kinesthetic learners can be great at sports in school and rubbish at everything else.  This is not acceptable and even our most successful sports heroes still anguish over how badly they did in school.

Practical people are great at the practicals in school but only get half the marks in the subject because the theory defeats them.  Our auditory learners are in constant trouble for talking and often labeled as disruptive chatter boxes.  The number of students labelled as ADHD seems to be growing annually as these students struggle to fit into the constraints of school and find it excessively boring. I certainly do not feel we need to blame our parents for our genes or feel that education is unattainable in any way.

 

We have a duty to understand, care and incorporate these learners into our education systems - not blankly dismiss them all as not existing.  These are many of the reasons why students with learning difficulties and impairments have been marginalised for decades.

 

A better outlook for me has always been that if we get it right for these people we get it right for everyone.  I hope people will start to stop and think before they blankly share this very irresponsible TEDx talk.  I have not even touched on the personality factors involved in education. Most enlightened Educationalists agree that one size does not fit all.  TED is supposed to make us think about our fellow people we share the Planet with.

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

13Mar/12Off

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23Jan/12Off

3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks

3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks

(Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland, Monday January 23rd 2012).

The results of a 3 year Study by Irish Educationalist, Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly, reveal a number of links between the rate of depression & gifted teenagers whose talents may or may not have already been spotted in schools around the Country.

Dr. O’Reilly, Founder of The Homework Club, confirms that teenagers are falling through the cracks in the education system as their talents aren’t recognised & this makes them prone to depression.  In her experience, certain teenagers, depending on their personality types, can also fare worse.

On The Mocks front, she states, by 2nd year in school it’s already been decided whether students are good or bad at Maths for Life.  ‘What are schools setting people up for?’  The Irish Mocks exam structure requires major & urgent reform as the current model is destroying young lives.  Afterall, you can do nothing in life with foundation maths.

There are also disgraceful situations where gifted teenagers who slip up on small stuff in class are branded as ‘slow’ by teachers.

18Nov/11Off

What is the Purple Learning Project?

This is a short clip from the Aspire workshop held 11-11-11 at Independent colleges Dublin on parents support their children at home.

In this live setting I talk about what the purple learning project really means and the impacts I hope it will have on the future of the school environment.

The Purple Learning Project

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

 

 

 

   

Introduction

Welcome to the Purple Learning Project.

The aim of the Purple Learning Project Foundation is to create a legacy of the methods which Dr Naoisé O’Reilly has developed since 2009.

The methods in learning and personality theory have been developed while working with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and cultures. The methods have been applied to the education, business and sporting environments. The ages are in the spectrum of 4 to 70's. The methods include: Purple Profiling, Purple Processing Scales, The Periodic Table of the Development of Results, Forget Phonics Reading Method, Purple Pre-School Success and so on...

There has always been a clear distinction for Dr Naosié in working with people who currently need help within the system and leaving behind something of integrity for the future generations.

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